Publican's evidence of unruly gangs
A PUB landlord is offering parents the opportunity to watch video tapes of their children's allegedly unruly behaviour.Pat Binfield, landlord of the Red Lion in Cheveley, near Newmarket, has become so fed up with disruptive gangs of youths hanging around outside his pub that he has used a video camera to record their antics.
A PUB landlord is offering parents the opportunity to watch video tapes of their children's allegedly unruly behaviour.
Pat Binfield, landlord of the Red Lion in Cheveley, near Newmarket, has become so fed up with disruptive gangs of youths hanging around outside his pub that he has used a video camera to record their antics.
In a bid the get the youngsters, who are mostly teenagers, to stop their rowdy behaviour he is offering parents the chance to view the tapes.
Mr Binfield said many residents are fed-up with the youngster's behaviour but are scared to take action through fear of reprisals.
He said 15-strong gangs congregate at a bus stop opposite his pub and leave litter, use foul language, spit, and are obstructive to motorists and pedestrians.
The final straw for Mr Binfield came when his pub was burgled earlier in the year, when £600 cash was stolen with ornaments and keys.
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He said: "Something like this needs to be done, I am at my wits end. The youths drive away my custom and many of the residents are too frighten to approach them.
"Some of the youths come from elsewhere, but several are local. The problem is many of the parents won't accept their children misbehave, but I can now show them what they get up to, all they have to do is come and see me and ask to see the tapes.
"I have to do this because I have called the police on several occasions and nothing seems to get done."
Mr Binfield has written to all residents informing them what he is doing and circulated it to the parish councillors and local police.
He added: "Despite attempts to intimidate me I will continue to use my video camera because I now feel it is a necessity for my own personal safety and security."
Cheveley parish councillor John Godfrey said: "There is a big problem here at the moment, the youngsters leave a terrible mess and are very rowdy. I think what Mr Binfield is doing is good and I think some of the parents should have a good look at the tape and see what their children get up to. I have every sympathy with Mr Binfield and I do not think the police do enough to stop the problems.
No comment was available from Cambridgeshire police yesterday.